Sweet Potato and Fennel Gratin

Sweet potato and fennel gratin

The Food Network Channel can be addictive. It’s a good thing I don’t have a television set! I never knew who Ina Garten was until I saw The Barefoot Contessa on TV while housesitting for friends in Portland, Oregon.

Ina’s potato-fennel gratin stuck to mind because it was so easy to make. You can prepare it ahead of time, keep it in the fridge then bake it when you’re ready. Which was exactly what I did on several occasions. I adapted her recipe and used what was available: parsnip instead of fennel and for this recipe, sweet potato instead of plain boring potato. The result is that extra sweetness that makes this an ideal companion to the roast turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Not that we celebrate Thanksgiving here in Kiwiland. But there is a lot to be thankful for. Every day that we are alive should be Thanksgiving Day.

Sweet potato and fennel gratin

For a crunchy topping, I  added breadcrumbs to the cheese and cream mixture.

Sweet potato and fennel gratin

I learned the hard way that using individual ramekins cooked the gratin faster so I needed to adjust both the temperature and baking time. It turned out a little dry for my liking but was fabulously delicious nevertheless. And it smelled so good that I had to eat it while shooting!

Sweet potato and fennel gratin

Sweet potato and fennel gratin

Sweet potato and fennel gratin

Sweet potato and fennel gratin

Sweet Potato and Fennel Gratin ~ Recipe here


About Dolly Rubiano

I am passionate about photography and food is my favourite subject. I like shooting people too, especially when they’re not looking. I am a regular contributor as photographer to FishHead magazine, a local lifestyle magazine in Wellington, New Zealand. I blog about my experiments in the kitchen and don't cook anything that has four legs. Please get in touch if you would like to work with me regarding food styling and photography. View all posts by Dolly Rubiano

4 responses to “Sweet Potato and Fennel Gratin

  • Lady Betty

    Love the photo layout. Please make this for us when you come to visit us in Oregon again.

  • laurasmess

    I completely agree with your thanksgiving sentiment in terms of being grateful for every day that we are alive! Amen sister! As you know, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia either. I’ve been reading all of the Thanksgiving posts over the past few days and I think it’s a wonderful tradition. Love this recipe. It looks and sounds delicious, perfect for change-of-season weather in the southern hemisphere! xx

    • Dolly Rubiano

      I give you thanks for agreeing with me, Laura! And I also agree with you that Thanksgiving is a wonderful tradition. If we celebrated Thanksgiving here, it would be a good excuse to roast a giant turkey before Christmas! I can’t wait!

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